What to see in Morgantina, history of the place, origin of the name and itinerary including the main places of interest, including the archaeological park, the Theater and the Sanctuary of Demeter.
Greek city whose foundation dates back to the fifth century BC, Morgantina was located along the road that led from Leontini to Enna.
Thanks to this strategic position, together with the particular natural defenses made up of hills and overhanging walls, Morgantina became a commercial center of great importance, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The name derives from the mythical king of the Morganti, an Italic tribe established on the spot in the protozoic age.
Recent theories about the origins lead to identify Morgantina with the allocation discovered near Serra Orlando by an American expedition.
These are imposing ruins, today an archaeological area, among which there are remains of a bouleuterium and theater, as well as remains of shops, numerous houses and terraces, a small sanctuary named after Demeter and Kore, probably dating back to the 6th century.
However, the identification of the city leaves many doubts, its geographical position could make one think of Gelese centers of influence.
The Goddess of Morgantina is a sculpture from an unauthorized excavation and therefore not identifiable with certainty, but located with a good approximation, very close to the archaeological site of Morgantina.